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The Australian Medical Association (South Australia) has welcomed the Labor Party’s confirmation that a re-elected Labor Government would institute an independent review into the EPAS electronic medical record system.

An independent review of EPAS to determine if and how it can meet the grade as a ‘fit for purpose’ electronic health system is one of the major calls in the Association’s ‘Key Priorities for Health’ for this state election.

“EPAS has been a controversial issue for years now,” said AMA state president Associate Professor William Tam.

“Everyone agrees about the value of electronic medical records. But the implementation of EPAS had serious problems, with doctors’ concerns about the impact of EPAS on patient safety, usability, lost productivity and patient care being grossly underestimated.

“Some of the very real concerns and issues were starkly highlighted in the AMA(SA)’s EPAS survey last year. The AMA(SA) has put forward the issues and fixes identified by our members. An independent review is a welcome step resulting from AMA(SA)’s advocacy following the survey.”

“The AMA(SA)’s role is to look beyond the political controversy, and to turn the focus back to what the review must be about: our hospitals having the best medical record and communication system to support the care of our patients.”

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9 March 2018 

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